2021 Detroit Mercy News Releases

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi was recently featured on the podcast, “Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion through Film, Video, and Podcast,” a new podcast series from ReBUILDetroit.

Coryn Le is passionate about her Biochemistry research and aspires to help others through her career. But she's already making an impact outside of science by mentoring young boys.

Sr. Helen Marie Burns, RSM, has been appointed to the University’s board of trustees.

Twenty Detroit Mercy students who are currently enrolled in the Master’s Entry Advanced Generalist Nursing (MEAGN) program received white coats during a ceremony at the University’s Novi Campus facility.

The exhibit examines the disparities formed in the founding of America’s cities and towns, which were built upon social, economic and government sanctioned racial segregation.

Detroit Mercy wishes students, their families, alumni and our community a very Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday season!

Baron Warren works with young men who may not have positive role models in their lives, providing them with often-overlooked skills and life lessons.

Detroit Mercy’s Health Services Administration (HSA) program has announced the launch of a new accelerated 5-year Master of Health Services Administration (MHSA) degree.

Student veterans at each of University of Detroit Mercy’s campuses have bravely served and defended our country in many different branches of the military. In recognition of Veterans Day, Detroit Mercy is proud to highlight several student veterans.

Detroit Mercy basketball returns this week as the Titans men’s and women’s teams open the 2021-22 season. Antoine Davis headlines the men's team, while the women's team consists of 14 new student-athletes from the United States, Spain and Canada.

Hannah Benford, a Biology student from Bay City, Mich., dreams of one day becoming a dentist and owning her own practice. When the time comes, she hopes to continue her education at Detroit Mercy’s School of Dentistry.

The purpose of the rebranding is to highlight the school’s Master of Community of Development (MCD) program as well as its mission-driven, community-based work.

Garibaldi, the first lay and first Black president of Detroit Mercy, notes that there are nearly 3 million Black Catholics in the United States and he has researched the important contributions made by Black Catholics in Detroit in the 1960s and 1970s.

Dave DeBusschere '62 was a three-time consensus All-American under coach Bob Calihan during his career with the Titans and still ranks highly in several career marks.

Detroit Mercy Student Government Association Matthew Hutnick reflects on his summer internship working for U.S. House Rep. Lisa McClain in Washington, D.C.

Daniel Larsson was eager to take a leap of faith by moving to another country to continue his academic and athletic career. He left Norway to study at Detroit Mercy, where he is a freshman Business Administration major and a defender on the men’s soccer team.

The parade honors all military service personnel. Veteran organizations, community groups, marching bands and schools can show their support or register to participate in the parade.

Detroit Mercy’s College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing is the only Michigan university to offer an Emergency Nurse Practitioner (ENP) program. The ENP program is a one-year online program and is a post-Family Nurse Practitioners (FNP) program. The ENP program offered by Detroit Mercy is one of only 14 across the country.

The lecture focuses on the book, "Teaching and Designing in Detroit: Ten Women on Pedagogy and Practice," edited by former Dean Stephen Vogel and Professor Libby Balter Blume.

The story follows Antigone, daughter of Oedipus, as she defies her politician uncle Creon to give her brother a proper burial, even though the act is punishable by death. Antigone’s act of civil disobedience sparks a struggle between individual and state in this timeless tale which resonates in contemporary politics.

Detroit Mercy president Antoine M. Garibaldi was interviewed on the Paul W. Smith show on WJR 760 AM about his relationship with General Colin L. Powell, who he worked closely with from 1996-2000.

Hundreds of students from Michigan Independent Colleges & Universities institutions came together to make important statements to lawmakers.

Jenifer Young remembers what it was like on her first day of classes on Detroit Mercy’s McNichols Campus. “I was standing in front of the Commerce and Finance building and holding my books and being so excited about the idea that one day I would be graduating,” she said. That was almost 20 years ago. Today, at 37, Young is putting her Detroit Mercy education to use as the CEO of One God TV Network, a global Christian television network aimed at millennials. It’s a company she built from the ground up led, she says, by God.

Assistant Professor Kelli Frost generally assigns students in her first-year Introduction to the PA Profession class service work in healthcare settings. This year, with clinic placements still scarce, Frost had to find another way. She turned to the program’s alumni.

University of Detroit Mercy’s undergraduate nursing program was ranked in the top 150 nationally by U.S. News & World Report, receiving a No. 148 rank in the Nursing category of 2022 “Best Colleges” rankings. The rankings were released by the publication Sept. 13.

More than 1,600 alumni, students, faculty and staff, family and friends attended nearly two dozen events on Friday and Saturday, Oct. 1-2 to help celebrate Homecoming.

President Antoine M. Garibaldi helped celebrate the grand opening of the revamped McNichols and 6 Mile streetscape just outside of the headquarters of the Live6 Alliance, roughly a half-mile west of Detroit Mercy.

President Antoine M. Garibaldi attended this year’s Mackinac Policy Conference. Since June 2011, this conference has provided the opportunity for him to speak with many local and state government officials, as well as business, civic and philanthropic leaders (several of whom are alumni) about the progress of the University.

This is the fifth year in a row that the University has ranked among the top third of all U.S. universities in The Wall Street Journal’s (WSJ) 2022 Times Higher Education (THE) college rankings.

University of Detroit Mercy will host a Bioneers Pollinator event, the 16th annual Great Lakes Bioneers Detroit (GLBD) Conference, titled “One Earth Community,” Oct. 15-16.

Founders Week celebrates Detroit Mercy’s Jesuit and Mercy founders with special events throughout the week.

Detroit Mercy sophomore Jayanthesh Kalmat is preparing to compete at the World Roller Figure Skating Championships in Asuncion, Paraguay, later this month.

The powerful suicide awareness exhibit Send Silence Packing was displayed at Detroit Mercy during national Suicide Awareness Month. The exhibit was first displayed in 2008 on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., and has since toured the country, stopping at mostly college campuses.

In celebration of Founders Week, Sr. Simone Campbell visits the University to address the topic of “Sacred Listening.”

Two undergraduate programs in University of Detroit Mercy’s College of Business Administration achieved national rankings in U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Colleges” 2022 edition.

Detroit Mercy was ranked among the top 200 national universities by U.S. News & World Report for a third year in a row, earning a No. 187 rank in the National Universities category of the publication’s “Best Colleges” 2022 edition.

Hundreds of Detroit Mercy students watched as dozens of drones illuminated the night sky above the McNichols Campus during Welcome Week.

University of Detroit Mercy welcomed 573 new freshmen this fall. Approximately 544 of this total will attend the McNichols Campus, which represents the largest McNichols class in the past 12 years. 

The Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency recognizes educational institutions for their commitment to providing on-campus, veteran-centric services to student veterans and dependents utilizing a GI Bill and other educational benefits.

The University is thrilled to welcome our new and returning students to our three campuses for the 2021-22 academic year.

Incoming freshmen will open their college careers by performing service work in the Fitzgerald Neighborhood in northwest Detroit. This program introduces new students to service learning while reinforcing the mission of the University.

In a letter to the University community, Antoine M. Garibaldi reflects on his time as president of Detroit Mercy.

Detroit Mercy is recognized as a designated university committed to helping veterans and military personnel achieve success. The Military Friendly Schools list has set the standard for higher education institutions to provide the best opportunities for veterans and their spouses.

The Conviction Integrity Clinic will give students the opportunity to provide access to legal services for people serving time for felony convictions, who claim they are innocent. The goal of this clinic is to educate law students about the issues that lead to wrongful convictions and to engage students directly in the review of innocence claims made by individuals who have been convicted of a crime.

University of Detroit Mercy is proud to be part of a national campaign to double the maximum Pell Grant to $13,000 and help more students earn a degree, get a good-paying job and achieve a brighter future.

The Metro-Detroit Regional Vehicle Cybersecurity Institute is designed to expand and enhance the cybersecurity engineering workforce through an applied curriculum developed in consultation with industry partners.

Michael Dundorf’s life has long been about giving. At 80, he still tutors high school and middle school students in math for the Boys & Girls Club. He has donated time and treasure for a local community college and hospital. Through his estate plan, those three institutions, along with Detroit Mercy, will feel the results of his generosity for many years to come.

When Nihad Dukhan isn't teaching Mechanical Engineering at Detroit Mercy, he's working on one of his longtime passions: calligraphy.

Multiple Titans student-athletes were recognized as University of Detroit Mercy’s Department of Athletics recently announced its 2020-21 Athletic & Academic award winners.

Edward Martell '14, '18, has turned his life around thanks to a challenge by a judge and scholarships to University of Detroit Mercy.

After careful review and consideration of guidance from medical and public health experts, all University of Detroit Mercy students, faculty and staff will be required to receive a COVID-19 vaccine and be fully vaccinated on or before August 16, 2021.

Cynthia Gutiérrez Navarro is the first Detroit Mercy student to be awarded a Michigan Sea Grant (MISG) Environmental Internship and a MISG Community Engaged Internship this summer.

Remarks of remembrance of Sr. Maureen Fay, O.P. President Emerita, University of Detroit Mercy by current Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi.

Sr. Maureen served Detroit Mercy with distinction from 1990-2004. Prior to her leadership at the University, she was president of Mercy College of Detroit from 1983-90.

The Vivere ex Missione awards are presented each year to four graduating students whose time at University of Detroit Mercy was marked by leadership, service and scholarship.

A team of three business students earned high marks — including a first place — in the International Business Ethics and Sustainability Case Competition hosted by Loyola Marymount University in April.

That's a wrap! University of Detroit Mercy honored the Fall 2020 and Winter and Summer 2021 graduates with virtual commencement ceremonies, May 14-15. The University also hosted an On-Campus Graduation Celebration on Sunday, May 16. Hundreds of graduates returned to the McNichols Campus to receive recognition and gifts for their dedication and hard work.

During this Ignatian year, we will have several opportunities at Detroit Mercy to reflect.

As a child, Nurzahan Rahman dreamed of being her school’s valedictorian. That dream is now a reality, as Rahman was named the University of Detroit Mercy Class of 2021 valedictorian.

Helping others feel equally welcome and making a difference at Detroit Mercy have been priorities for Dalonzo Curges.

Taylor Kile came to University of Detroit Mercy wanting to become an architect. After four years, she completes her undergraduate career knowing exactly how she can impact the world.

In 2017, Bonanza Cummings left Jamaica, the only home he had ever known, to attend Detroit Mercy in pursuit of a better future, to grow academically, spiritually and athletically as a sprinter for the Titans’ men’s track and field team.

To show its appreciation for essential workers just entering their profession, Carhartt and CID have donated 336 pairs of scrubs to the graduating class of Detroit Mercy’s College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing.

Detroit Mercy announces the appointment of Jelani Jefferson Exum as the new dean of the School of Law, effective July 1. She is a nationally recognized expert in sentencing law and procedure and joined the University's faculty in 2019.

President Antoine M. Garibaldi discussed how creating equitable access to higher education opportunities can impact communities and the many ways Detroit Mercy supports access to higher education for students.

Detroit Mercy is hosting several virtual summer camps for students in southeast Michigan. Camps are geared toward students ages of 13-17, as well as college juniors and seniors. These programs offer an opportunity for middle and high school students to learn about interesting fields of study while having fun with their peers.

University Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi's statement on the Derek Chauvin verdicts.

After much soul searching, the Carmody family decided to walk away from everything and become Catholic missionaries.

The University's Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program and Master of Science in Nursing program are ranked among the nation’s elite.

National Book Award Finalist Jerald Walker will present a talk and reading on April 8 at 6:30 p.m. about his recent book How to Make a Slave and Other Essays, which was nominated for the 2020 National Book Award for nonfiction.

University of Detroit Mercy’s MBA program achieved a top 25 ranking among the nation’s best Management programs for 2022 according to U.S. News & World Report’s “Best Graduate School Rankings.” Rankings were released on March 30, 2021.

This week’s fatal shootings of eight people in the Atlanta area, six of whom were Asian American women and a Caucasian male and female, was another tragic and unnecessary loss of human life in this country. 

Detroit Mercy’s University Advancement Division is one of only three in the category of private research/doctoral institutions with less than $740 million in endowment that is being recognized nationally with the CASE 2020 Education Fundraising Award in Overall Performance.

University of Detroit Mercy has received $316,900 in grants recently to support University programming. Many are in support of Detroit Mercy Law’s Veterans Law Clinic, as it seeks to expand its work.

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi announces plans for a primarily in-person semester for fall 2021.

The Detroit Mercy Theatre Company (DMTC) is drawing inspiration from the past with the presentation of Hitchcocked!: An Audio Serial, an original, five-episode adventure comedy based on the work of Alfred Hitchcock.

EDRA52 DETROIT will bring together professionals from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds to examine topics surrounding the conference’s theme of just environments.

Vernon E Jordan Jr., a major African American leader, who passed away at the age of 85 earlier this month, deserves more than just a temporary remembrance. He was and should continue to be recognized for his advocacy of voting and civil rights, historically Black colleges and universities and the need for more diversity in corporations’ boardrooms and executive suites.

Florence Tetreault, a beloved alumna and former faculty member, created and endowed a scholarship so that generations of students can afford a Detroit Mercy education.

After a decade serving the Detroit community, Detroit Mercy's student organization dedicated to food justice is rebranding.

John Freeman's new poem is a love letter of sorts to the University and the people and events who shaped him. It weaves together names of Titans men’s basketball greats and professors who influenced him and his writing into a brief and moving memoir.

The multi-year, multi-million-dollar renovation project starts with a renovation and expansion of the Student Union, followed by multiple upgrades and new on-campus student apartments, among other projects.

Four Detroit Mercy basketball student-athletes earned Horizon League recognition as the conference recently released its postseason awards.

The word “civility” is frequently used in discussions on how to heal the deep political and personal divisions in this country. But a new book by Detroit Mercy Assistant Professor of Political Science Alex Zamalin argues that the word has been used historically to silence people working toward a more just society.

Detroit Mercy is recognized as a designated university committed to helping veterans and military personnel achieve success.

Detroit Mercy Theatre Company students and faculty and staff participated in the Kennedy Center College Theater Festival held virtually this year.

Detroit Mercy alumnus Joseph Alvaro understands that it’s how a person responds to life’s challenges that defines him.

Detroit Mercy has received a $25,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) for a series of events that will celebrate Detroit-based African American arts, culture and design.

From early at-home productions, to high school marching band and choir, music has been a constant in David Tumpkin 92’s life. Over the past year, the University of Detroit Mercy alumnus has used this passion to spread the message of God to children.

Detroit Mercy’s College of Health Professions & McAuley School of Nursing offers three 100% online graduate nursing specialties: Adult Gerontology Clinical Nurse Specialist (AGCNS), Clinical Nurse Leader (CNL) and Health Systems Management (HSM).

The University is celebrating Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s legacy and Black History Month with a series of virtual events and programs throughout January and February.

Sweet Taste of Liberty: A True Story of Slavery and Restitution in America tells the story of Henrietta Wood, who twice survived slavery and successfully sued her captor, receiving the largest-known amount of restitution for slavery awarded by a federal court.

Detroit Mercy President Antoine M. Garibaldi and host Stephen Henderson discussed the University’s response to the pandemic, the McNichols Campus renovation currently underway and other University issues.

Detroit Mercy president and AJCU leaders speak out on Capitol Hill violence.

It took three years of work, but what has happened since Joyce Choi published a research paper on a disease she originally knew little about, could be life changing — for her and people half a world away.